Game Report – March 26th – Updated

A day of success at Piggie Park at long last!

1st Div. Men: Cowichan 64 vs Seattle 7
2nd Div. Men: Cowichan 26 vs Seattle 12
1st Div Women: Cowichan 19 vs Brit Lions 29
3rd Div Men: Cowichan vs Comox TBA

This past weekend saw Seattle RFC, a top club from the BCRU BC Wide League (both Richmond and Seattle were exempted from “qualification” play earlier this Spring due to their high placings in the fall league) come into Cowichan.

1st Division Men

This game was something of a measuring stick for Cowichan as it is the first BC Wide Club from the mainland we have played in over 2 years and it’s been 5 years since we’ve hosted our friends from south of the border. Last week Seattle lost a close one to the Capilanos 32-26, so with our performance at home against the Capilanos fresh in our minds, Cowichan needed to pull off a perfect one to perhaps compete.

The game started well for us and the pressure subsided with a galloping romp by Robbie McDonald through the middle. As one of the players said after the game, “As soon as we saw Robbie set the bar, the pressure to produce was relaxed and the boys went to work.” The game was never in doubt and despite having Cowichan’s top scorer on the bench due to a work injury, the points came fast and furious. Seattle was able to respond at one point midway through the 1st half, but near the end the of the half, with the score 29-7, the Seattle back row player took a silly penalty that earned him a red card by referee John deGoode (flagrant elbow to a Cowichan player after the whistle and in front of Mr. DeGoode) The half ended 29-7.

The second half moved forward with much of the same. Lots of good stuff with the ball being passed all the way out to the wing on numerous occasions only to end up in the hands of young Josh Hart who scored 4 trys on the day. Blazing speed has no match and Josh was flying. The pack did their usual thing with massive set pieces that jolted the large Seattle back on every go. This disrupted any clean play that Seattle was hoping to run off the base of the scrum. Jordan Bowcott had some tremendous runs on the opposite wing and it was great to see the youth shine. Both Jordan and Josh are only 18 years old. Doug Wooldridge got into the game in the second half and he was pleased with his performance after being out for 6 months due to injury. It’s hoped that the addition of a few more top players in the next weeks (back from injury) will help solidify the Piggies drive to the playoffs

2nd Division Men

The 2nd XV took the field up against a short staffed Seattle bunch. (We had several that played 2 games as well) Cowichan played well in this game and were up by 3 trys early in the game. Seattle scrapped back with a couple of trys of their own but Cowichan was able to pull away in the second half for the comfortable 26-12 win.

It was a big relief to win the game as for our 1st XV it was our first since beating UBC last Spring. Cowichan is in a rebuilding process right now and with some players slowly making their way back into the fold things are starting to shape up. The numbers are still a bit low to run 3 teams so we’ll see how it goes over the next few weeks. The goal of the club is to make the playoffs and go from there. This game will help as the BP win will give us 5 points and lift us up into a playoff spot for the time being.

1st Division Women

The Cowichan Women’s teams is suffering with number issues to begin with let alone losing players to injury.  Scrum half Michelle Moore is out for the rest of the season she suffered a knee injury in a previous game vs Velox in November.  She recently got diagnosed and has had surgery.

Alcia Buhr filled in at Scrum half for the SFU games but after receiving a knock at the head she was out.  So Cowichan called on Morgan Gregson who normally plays 10 to switch over to #9.  She never skipped a beat, she had strong passes and great direction through out the game.

The Brit Lions team had an overlap the majority of the game when “Badger” Stacey Collison went down with a hurt knee, in true Cowichan Piggy spirit she went off the field telling her teams mates that she was going to walk it off and would be back in the second half, that she did.  But about 10 minutes after Badger was injured, centre Karyn Whyte went off with a Concussion.  So for about 10 minutes the Cowichan Women team dug deep and tried their best to stop the two player overlap.

Nenagh McCulloch had a standout game with great tackling and very strong forward running. Its awesome having her back on the pitch!

The 1st Division Women will be traveling with the Men to Kamloops this weekend.

Next Weekend’s Game – Road Trip to Kamloops

Next week is a road trip to Kamloops RFC. The club in order to keep player costs down will be paying the players Hotel costs and subsidizing the trip for the most part. Note the departure time. The Prems will be kicking off first and at the same time as the women with the 2nd XV kicking off after the Prems game. They will be staying the night after the games in a local hotel and coming back Sunday morning. It should be a good road trip for the club!

Travel details organized so far:

Depart Club at 5:00 am for 6:30 am ferry from Departure Bay
1st Division Men and Women play first, approximately 45 minutes following arrival.  2nds to follow.

Kamloops will host all three sides with a meal, beverages and social

Hotel location and accommodation will be determined early in the week.  Club will cover hotel and transportation.

The cost per person will be $30 for the experience.  Please contact the team managers for more details.

Hong Kong 7s – Women

Won the Hong Kong 7’s tournament last Friday and all with a keen Cowichan flavour. Kristy Martin-Hale, manager of the team, is a long time club member and coaches our women’s teams. John Tait, coach of the women’s 7’s team, also helps out with coaching our men and resides in South Cowichan. Congratulations on their performance! Of note, the Women’s 7’s team held their pre tournament camp at Cowichan RFC for 4 days and stayed locally in the valley.

Seeking Nominations for the CRFC Board

The AGM is fast approaching therefore, as Past President, I am tasked with seeking nominations for Board positions. Please look at the positions as all are up for election. This is an informal notice of nomination with a formal notice to follow in the next week. Those current executive members wishing to stay on for another term or not please advise.

High School Rugby

Is in full force with many local schools fielding sides. Please go to the BC High School Rugby Assoc. website to see schedules and scores.

North Vancouver Island Rugby Union

There is a movement a foot to bring this organization more in line as a sub Union. Stay tuned for future updates.

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